Non toxic sealant for terracotta pots

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This post shares tips about how to seal clay pots for painting. If you’re wondering if waterproofing clay pots is an effective way to preserve a paint job, it is! I’ll walk you through using Thompson’s Water Seal on terracotta pots.

How to seal clay pots for painting & using Thompson’s Water Seal on terracotta!

Hey folks, today I’m chatting about how to seal clay pots for painting. Waterproofing clay pots is an essential step to complete before painting your pots, and it helps to preserve your paint job. And using Thompson’s Water Seal on terracotta is a great option.

This post specifically focuses on painting clay pots for outdoor use, but I follow a really similar process for painting pots for indoor use. Check out my detailed post about waterproofing indoor clay pots and painting them with acrylic paint. Outdoors, I’m doing a bit of painting for some of the container veggies and plants I’m planning for the backyard, so I’m putting this sealer to work lately.

If you need to strip old paint from your pots first, check out my tutorial on how to remove chipped paint from clay pots before painting them. (That project uses Thompson’s Waterseal in an aerosol version.)

Want more outdoor posts? See my full backyard post here! I also have a post about how to clean an outdoor rug, how to build an outdoor coffee table using concrete pavers, and my review of using Ready Seal to stain and seal our fence.

waterproofing clay pots and a gloved hand holding small terracotta pots

Do you need to seal clay pots before painting?

Yes. I have painted a lot of terracotta pots for both indoor and outdoor use. And I have yet to find a paint that stands up to its claim to be a sealer and paint in one. And that includes the outdoor paints I’ve used—the ones that claim you do not need to use a sealer. Here’s why.

Terracotta is, by nature. extremely porous. The terracotta soaks in excess water from the soil to help protect the roots. Then, the soil is able to dry out faster. This helps to prevent overwatering, but it can sometimes lead to a lack of moisture and caked, shrinking soil if you’re not careful.

So when you seal terracotta, you are giving up some of the benefits that terracotta has for plants. I haven’t had any issues with the plants in my sealed and painted pots—it’s just something to keep in mind. You do need to seal clay pots if you’re painting them, though. Because terracotta is so porous that it will take in all of that extra moisture and lead your paint job to bubble, crack, and peel.

Even sealing terracotta pots before painting them isn’t a permanent solution, though. Water can do a lot of damage, as can the elements (sun, rain, etc.). Waterproofing clay pots is a good way to lengthen the life of your painted pots. Bringing them indoors or putting them in sheds during the fall and winter helps, too.

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removing old peeling paint from an outdoor terracotta pot

About Thompson’s Waterseal Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer 

So what do I use to seal pots? Here’s a bit about the waterproofer and why it’s my product of choice to seal clay pots for outdoor use:

  • The Thompson’s Waterseal website indicates that it will effectively seal any porous material against damage by water, including concrete, brick, stone, plaster, wood, canvas, and asbestos. So I figured it would be up to the task of sealing clay.
  • It’s clear and has a nice consistency. It’s pretty watery, a lot like a water-based polycrilic if you’ve used that. When painting on clay, it’s easy to see where you’ve painted because it just makes the pot look wet.
  • It doesn’t have a terribly strong odor, and the odor it does have dissipates pretty quickly. Even when I painted in the garage.

We have a 1.2 gallon jug of this stuff, but it’s also available in a quart option and a handy aerosol spray for smaller projects. I use a disposable chip brush when working with this sealer so that I can just chuck it when I’m done and not have to deal with mineral spirits cleanup.

I used Thompson’s Waterseal Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer first on the very large pot in the pic with the snake plant below. Even though I did use a paint designed for outdoor use on this pot, the clay was super porous, and I was afraid it wouldn’t stand up to the elements (and the moisture of a ton of wet soil on the inside).

thompson's waterseal to waterproof a clay pot
large clay pot painted white outside

The best place to buy big clay pots for cheap

Now we know why to seal clay pots before painting them and what to use…but where do you get a big clay pot? Big pots are EXPENSIVE. Go to any home decor or big box store and you’ll fall in love with a pot, only to have your yikes meter run off the charts when you see the price.

But big pots are also very pretty—and necessary if you’re planting something that needs a bit of room. Enter Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. One of my favorite stores…and DEFINITELY a favorite for pots. In the spring and summer, they have a buttload of pots to choose from. And they aren’t cheap plastic ones, either.

They are beautiful clay pots, many of which are also glazed. Just yesterday I came home with three giant pots. One for $20 (black glazed), one for $12 (blue patterned one), and one for $10—the yellow beaut I’m going to be working on in this post.

large beautiful pot from ollie's bargain outlet
large beautiful pots from ollie's bargain outlet

Waterproofing clay pots with Thompson’s Water Seal

So this yellow one…I loved the lines on it and the size was perfect for the space I wanted. The yellow just wasn’t going to cut it, though, so I decided to break out some paint. I really wanted to do this pot in a navy color for the backyard.

However, when I got out my royal blue and black outdoor paints to mix together, I realized that I hadn’t completely shut the blue when I’d opened it last. Noooo. It was ruined. Super chunky and totally unusable.

I really had my heart set on navy, but I decided to take the easy way out and use the white I already had on hand: DecoArt Curb Appeal in Farmhouse White. It would look nice next to the white pots I already had near the area this pot was going. And it would help tie in the bright white trim on the deck a bit more.

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Sealing this bad boy

So to seal this pot, I just brushed on the Thompson’s Waterseal Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer using a chip brush. I did a few coats on the inside and outside of the pot since both sides were unsealed. The instructions on the water seal say to wait a while before painting over it, so I officially recommend that strategy. 🙂

However, I did not follow the directions because I am impulsive and impatient. I left it to dry overnight under a fan and painted the next day. Here’s the first coat of white paint brushed on—I did two coats. And then the lovely finished pot, sealed and painted for a beautiful fit in my space.

waterproofing clay pots and painting one white
a photo of a painted white pot to illustrate the effectiveness of waterproofing clay pots
a photo of a painted white pot to illustrate the effectiveness of waterproofing clay pots
Beautiful outdoor setting with plants and flowers
a photo of a painted white pot to illustrate the effectiveness of waterproofing clay pots

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How to Seal Terra-Cotta Pots

Their adaptable good looks mean terra-cotta pots can fit in anywhere indoors or outdoors, and they’re easy to find and inexpensive too. However, they happen to be highly porous, which means that it’s a good idea to seal terra-cotta pots to keep moisture from seeping through the walls. You don’t have to be crafty to seal a terra-cotta pot, but there’s something about setting up a "paint zone" and gathering brushes that may inspire you to paint your terra-cotta pot before you seal it. Either way, you may enjoy the opportunity to temporarily trade your green thumb for a crafter’s thumb, knowing that your plants will benefit from your time investment.

Size Up Terra-Cotta Pros and Cons

Even projects that aren’t particularly time-consuming have a way of triggering doubts at the outset. In this case, you may want to ensure that there are more advantages to using terra-cotta pots than disadvantages. From any vantage point, terra-cotta can withstand the scrutiny.

Among the benefits, Officially Planted notes that terra-cotta looks natural when paired with green plants or flower stems because it’s a fired clay, which is another natural substance. In fact, "terra-cotta" means “baked earth” in Italian. Terra-cotta is strong and durable, and it’s surprisingly resistant to mold and bacteria. The indoor/outdoor versatility of terra-cotta is enhanced by the fact that you can find pots in virtually any size – from miniature 2-inch pots for seedlings to 20-inch pots that can steady ficus and orange trees.

Terra-cotta’s porosity means that pots dry out much quicker than ceramic or plastic, requiring gardeners to be much more watchful and vigilant about watering. A recently watered plant housed in terra-cotta can be surprisingly heavy to move or lift, a reality that has caused more than a few gardeners to discover another disadvantage: Terra-cotta tends to chip and break easily when dropped.

Hold On to That Terra-Cotta Sealer – For Now

If painting is not your thing and not even a simple stencil, stamp or sponge design can persuade you otherwise, you can leave your terra-cotta pot as it is and skip right to the sealing. Just remember that a painted pot should be sealed at the end, so even if you wish to scrawl only your initials on a pot, you should do so before you use a clay pot sealer.

Whether you’re using a new terra-cotta pot or an old one, it’s always a good idea to wash it with mild dish soap and water to remove dust and dirt. Let the pot dry thoroughly; depending on the amount of moisture in the air, this could take as little as overnight or as long as several days, says Get Busy Gardening. It’s not fun to wait, but at least you’ll have time to set up your work space, laying down an old bed sheet or thin blanket on a sturdy surface.

If you wish to paint your terra-cotta pot a single color, you may wish to use spray paint (in several thin coats instead of one heavy coat). To create a design or use more than one color, chalk paint or acrylic craft paint will work well. The latter can be found in dozens of colors at craft stores. Applying the paint with a foam brush will help ensure that the paint glides on smoothly. Once it dries, you’re ready for the capstone event.

Apply Clay Pot Sealer With Confidence

There are dozens of sealants on the market, so you should start your search by deciding whether you’d prefer to spray on the sealant or exert more control over the coverage with a brush. Spray-on sealer cans might recommend applying the product in a well-ventilated area, but take the tip one step further and apply the spray outdoors. You'll breathe easier. Some of your top choices include:

  • Thompson’s water seal
  • Plaid clay pot sealer
  • Aleene’s acrylic sealer (which comes in gloss but looks better in matte on terra-cotta)

Just as you may have to apply at least two coats of spray sealant, prepare to apply multiple coats of brush-on sealant, especially if you didn’t paint your terra-cotta pot first, says The Inspired Home and Garden. (The pots, as you know, are porous and so will absorb the sealer quickly.) Some of your top brush-on choices include:

  • Delta all-purpose sealer
  • Mod Podge
  • DecoArt Americana multipurpose sealer

You’re likely to get different advice about whether to seal your terra-cotta pot from the inside, outside or both, but there’s no doubt that both is the most conscientious approach. Sealing the inside will provide a protective barrier where it’s needed most, but going the extra mile to seal it from the outside will ensure that the terra-cotta finish looks consistent on the inside and outside. Many people even apply terra-cotta sealer to the bottom of the pot to protect against scratches.

Things You Will Need

  • Mild dish soap

  • Old bed sheet or thin blanket

  • Spray paint, chalk paint or acrylic craft paint

  • Foam brush

  • Sealant

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Tips

  • Use another coat of terra-cotta sealer instead of the patio paint if you want to retain the original color to the pots.

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How do I seal clay pots?

It takes a long time for water to erode the clay of a pot; the white stuff you see is mineral buildup. (Now, being left out through freezing-thawing cycles where they can get wet, that will get you a big pile of cracked pots in the spring, ask me how I know :/ ) Some plants love the airflow and drainage afforded by unglazed clay --- anything from a Mediterranean climate, and especially succulents (for beginners), I strongly suggest unglazed clay.

But my African violets, cyclamen, mandevilla, most of my tropicals, really --- anything that wants to stay "moist but not wet" --- they get plastic or glazed clay/ceramic, because they *want* the water retention. (It is perhaps even more important to make sure that these plants get well-draining soil with lots of perlite or grit, as even the most water-loving plants still need oxygen to their roots.)

Choosing the right pot and soil for the particular plant can be the most important factor in that plant's success this season. If the plant's needs are "fast-draining," if they tell you to let it dry out between waterings, these are indications that unglazed clay will do beautifully. If it has that magic "consistently moist" requirement, though, you want something non-porous.

Regardless of which type, it's important when watering containers to thoroughly drench, until water runs out the bottom. Otherwise, minerals from your water can build up in the soil and block the roots from getting what they need. This also means that you need to fertilize more frequently, as the nutrients get washed out more quickly.

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TRICKS/IDEAS: Waterproofing Clay Pots

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Gene had a great idea about sharing ideas and tricks, and so I would
like to share a trick I have found very useful...

I prefer to grow in plastic pots--they hold more water in my growing
area; I grow a few large Catts in untreated clay, but it is so porous it
just wicks the water away too fast for most of my orchids... Problem is
that plastic pots can be hard to find in certain sizes--particularily
"rose style" pots that are very deep and ideal for Paph and Phrags with
long roots...

I utilize something called "Universal Terra Cotta Sealer", which is just
a Vinyl Latex Emulsion, to seal and waterproof clay pots. This sealer is
odorless, non-toxic, cheap at $4 a jar, and easy to use; it rinses
completely and easily with water. It has the consistency of milk, and I
apply 4-5 coats to both the inside and outside of the pot, allowing them
to dry in-between; total time is around 15-20 minutes to seal a batch of
pots. Once its' totally dry after a few hours, it's totally safe for
plants, and is sealed from moisture for many years.

I have made some rose style pots that measure 6" X 8" for some larger
Phrags and Paphs, and the plants just seem to love these pots. They seem
to invite a lot of root activity, and I suspect this might be due to the
better temperature insulation factor from the clay--sealed or not. I
recently un-potted a mature Paph. Michael Koopowitz that was not
actively working on any growth to see what was going on with it's roots,
and found that it had grown extensive new and fat healthy roots in its
treated clay pot in the last six months while it looked so dormant. It's
the fastest I have ever seen a Paph, let alone a sanderanium hybrid,
grow roots...

If you have a need for some odd shaped pots, or like the weight and
insulation of clay pots, but not their penchant for robbing water, I
highly recommend that you try treating clay pots to make them
water-tight like plastic. I have seen the Terra Cotta Sealer at some
Home Depots, and I buy it from my local fancy nursery and pot dealer.
One $4 jar would coat countless pots; a little goes a long way...

Hope this helps someone, and I like forward to the next trick someone
shares...

Best--

Todd


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Sounds like something I need to find Todd. If I look for it at HD do I
look around the pots or in the paint section?

Gene

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Something I didn't mention in my original post is that this clasy sealer,
after 4-5 coats, leaves a shiny, glossyish and slick surface... Most
people like it, others hate it--missing, they tell me, the wonderful
weathering and mineraling untreated clay pots aquire on their surfaces...

But caring more about a great functioning pot for my precious orchids, I
haven't cared much about the aesthetics...

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Gene And All--

I found The Terra Cotta Sealer out in the desinger pot section of my Home
Depot, a few feet from the orchid plant section actually...

Our Home Depot no longer carries the Terra Cotta Sealer, saying that it was
discontinued, though I did see it a few months ago at a Home Depot store in
San Jose, California... So I am unsure if the Home Depot Corporation no
longer carries it, or just our store (which is a huge fully stocked
flagship store)...?

The independent guy that sells it to me now says it has been around for
years and is usually available somewhere if you check around, or contact
the company.

If anyone wants the information for the company, here is what I have:

Universal Terra Cotta Sealer™

Universal Mfg. TCS
P.O. Box 36773
Phoenix, AZ 85067

Something I didn't mention in my original post is that this sealer, after
4-5 coats, leaves a shiny glossyish slick surface... Most people like it,
others hate it; missing the wonderful weathering and mineraling untreated


clay pots aquire on their surfaces...

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Todd,
If you still want the old, cruddy look, you can always seal the inside
only. That will still stop moisture loss from the media but allow the
pot to weather naturally (although probably at a slower rate).
Personally, on anything but the huge tubs I like the clean glossy
finish.
Andrew
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Sounds good. One question: when it's time for repotting, how do you
sterilize the coated pots? I generally use plastic for the obvious reasons,
and then place the plastic in a larger clay pot for ease of hanging (use a
lot of pot clips that won't work with plastic) and a better look. I
presently use a chlorine solution to sterilize..........do you think the
chlorine would eat up that coating?

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Great idea on treating clay pots. What media do you use in the pots
for Paphs and Phrags?
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You can either seal the inside or the outside of the pot. I'm Tiffany, a designer, gardener, baker, teacher and blogger. GRRR…. Where did you get your terra cotta flat backed pots? ️ It is possible to target specific areas. What a great idea! Once your pots and drip trays are dust free, they need to dry before you can paint them. Plus the bright colors are perfect for livening up our kitchen! ️ It's easy to apply. make sure the product is non-solvent based or non-acetic. Silver Leaf Paint: The Easy Way To Get The Look Of Silver Leaf! Right up my alley with stenciling and color:) Have a great day! Let it dry overnight and you’re ready to plant! Great Idea! Whether you have stone counter tops or floors, you have to seal them from time to time and that same sealant will do wonders for your terracotta pots! Just don’t use regular cooking coconut oil. 3. I added a bunch of rocks, but thanks for the reminder! 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These cookies do not store any personal information. So wait a few days before you plant to make sure the sealant is fully cured! Terracotta pots are a staple in many gardens and landscapes and are used for everything from decorative plantings to raised gardens to fish ponds and fountains. The granules are applied to the surface of the water where it is drawn into the cracks and crevices, there it expands massively to create a positive seal. Blamo! They are right outside my bathroom window and frame the view. Who wants to have to do that?! It will eventually deteriorate your paint from the inside out. I had tried latex (and other stuff I can’t remember!) Thank you so much for the tutorial. Waterproofing Terracotta Pots with Liquid Rubber Liquid Rubber is eco-friendly meaning it is non-toxic for your plants as well as non hazardous for you to apply. 5. You will see the pots suck up the … The solution was in my garage already! 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See more ideas about Terracotta pots, Flower pots, Painted pots. Ornamental sealer is a clear, water based, spray on coating for sealing terracotta pots and garden ornaments. They were a great deal because they were not burnished before firing, as their counterparts, the classic darker pots with the raised band around the top are. Start by pulling off any stickers on your pots. A lot more. 1. One day missed and the plant was dead. If you leave the pot in the open air you can see moisture beading up on the surface of the pot. It’s only been about three weeks since I painted these pots, but so far the sealant has held up super well! Terracotta is porous and when a pot is filled with water, the moisture wicks through the terracotta. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Always follow the instructions on the container. 2. In its natural state, terra cotta is very durable, but it is also porous and subject to cracking in cold weather. I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. This project would fit in perfectly! Look for a new post every Monday and Thursday! Our modern pattern pot is sure to brighten up the home. 3. Love your herb pots! Suitable to paint over with acrylic paints, this easy to use sealer is a great way to decorate or rejuvenate garden … I’m looking for one! UV Resistant. Patio Paints also make a clear, non-toxic sealant that will protect your handiwork. It is if you’re going to put live plants in the pots! all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things! Your potted plants will require less frequent watering, your pots will last longer, and you’ll save money:0). The pots turned out so bright and happy, and I love seeing them in our kitchen every day! Fast drying. Join the Practically Functional Marker's Club email newsletter and get crafts, DIY projects, Cricut tutorials, and other inspiration in your inbox once a week for free! (Why, by the way, would someone put a price sticker on the outer rim of a flower pot rather than on the bottom?! I’m a big fan of anything using terra cotta pots. The clay just sucks the water right out of the soil and then it evaporates out of the pots. I found that a really easy way to get an even coat on the pots is to use a wide foam brush. My pots had been used so I had to empty them, clean the soil out and let them dry overnight. Grab the Pringles cans again, set them up outside (somewhere with good ventilation) and give the entire exterior of the pots a good solid coat of clear acrylic sealer (including the bottom of the pot where the drainage hole is). Line or seal the inside of the pot. This could take a few hours, depending on how wet your rag was, but basically once that dark red color disappears, you’re good to go! The first thing you need to do is prep your pots. Buy the cheapest stone sealant you can find. Acidic cleaners should not be used on Terracotta as they will damage it. ️ DAMIT™ Dam Sealer is an advanced, non-toxic, polymer powder which can be used to seal leaking earth dams and ponds without having to empty out the water first. (See! Once the exterior is dry, turn the pot over and seal the inside. (Hopefully!). If you use outdoor acrylic paint on your terracotta pot, this will serve as both a sealant and a decorative paint layer over the terracotta pot, making a separate sealant unnecessary. I'm looking for a non-toxic sealer for bird baths or fish pond made from cement hopefully in the spray product thank you . Once the exterior is dry, turn the pot over and seal the inside. Not good if you want to save money and save water. Plus, the process is super easy and I can personally attest to the fact that the water consumption of my plants (technically pots) has gone down dramatically. **Update** My birdbath has now spent a couple of cold Washington winters outdoors, at … Add another coat as soon as it’s dry. But they were cheap…and they are perfect…  So I bought them. 2. Natural Clay or Terracotta Pots – Stone containers, such as terracotta or clay are good options for food grade vegetable gardening. A bajillion times. Master Bathroom Remodel: A Tiny Space Gets a Masterful New Look, Game Changing Homemade Marshmallow Recipe, Pine Cone Succulent Planters: Cool Crafts, The Ultimate Among Christmas Tree Shops: Rogers Gardens, Save Water, Save Money: Seal Terracotta Pots With A Household Product. Mine specified a well ventilated area so I did it outside on paper on the driveway. Basically get some paint on your dauber, softly place it down onto an open part of your stencil, lift up the dauber, move to another open spot, and repeat. Again, remember to seal the bottom as well. Those empty containers totally turned out to be useful!). Crommelin 750ml Ornamental Sealer. If it’s meant to seal stone, it’s perfect! Step one is to lightly sand your pots and drip trays. I think I’ll try this for my back porch! Turns out I was completely wrong. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Therefore, I assume the paints used are non-toxic, but I don’t know if the pots are explicitly safe for vegetables (I was previously using them for flowers). It's non-toxic and does an awesome job at protecting the birds and the baths. Do you grow plants indoors? And thanks for your great tutorial. Description. Easy to use. I made sure to coat the bottom of the inside very well since gravity makes water loss even worse there. 3. Try which ever stone sealant you have on your terracotta pots. Why choose us?- Hand paint 4-5 coats of high-quality paint. You can find the full tutorial for them here. How To Seal Your Terracotta Pots 1. Use a clean, dry brush and cover the inside, outside, and bottom of the pot. I bought these great terracotta pots with their flat back-sides so I could have plants against the fence in a narrow concrete side yard. Note that natural pots (unglazed) also need to be “seasoned.” And I had no idea that Deco-Art made water-reistant paint – I feel like I’ve been living in the Dark Ages. Pinned! Easy to apply from a spray pack, Ornamental Sealer can be applied as a water resistant barrier, primer or as a clear protective coating over cured decorative finishes. Start with a clean dry pot. However, some clay pots and plastic planters have large holes in the center of the pot. Description. 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Waterproof Terracota Pots Using Liquid Rubber

Easy Inexpensive and Eco-friendly

Waterproof Garden Pots, Urns, Bird Baths and Fish Ponds

Terracotta -- which comes from the Latin "terra cotta," or "baked earth" – are traditional containers for plants and look great in most settings. The “earthy” look of a terracotta pot is a bit more aesthetically pleasing than plastic containers!

However terracotta pots are porous and this causes a number of problems, predominately water will soak through the pot or urn unless it is sealed and waterproofed.

This means terracotta pots dry out t fast and always require frequent watering.

And frequent watering also means more frequent feeding as watering washes the nutrients out of the soil with each session.

Using Liquid Rubber is an easy, cost effective way to seal and waterproof all your garden pots and so reducing your maintenance watering. Liquid Rubber is eco -friendly and safe all plants and animals.

And while you have a paint brush and a bucket of Liquid Rubber out for your garden pots, how about waterproofing your birdbath and fish ponds as well !

Liquid Rubber is eco-friendly meaning it is non-toxic for your plants as well as non hazardous for you to apply.

Before applying Liquid Rubber, and especially if it is an old pot, give it a good scrub to wash away loose debris and any lingering diseases problems which could hinder the healthy growth of your new plants.

Scrub inside with cold clean water and a wire brush.

Once your pot has been properly cleaned and all loose debris removed, now all you need to start waterproofing is a bucket of Liquid Rubber, gloves to keep your hands clean and a standard paint brush.

You only need to waterproof the inside surface of your pot.Apply Liquid Rubber evenly with your paint brush. If a terracotta pot has developed cracks, Liquid Rubber will bridge these cracks and seal from the inside and preventing further spread of the crack.

Let your terracotta pot dry thoroughly before planting.

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